Patient Representative (Advisory) - Expert Reference Group to develop Physician Associates Competence Framework

  • Location : London
  • Status : 1 year fixed-term contract
  • Salary : £300 per day and £150 per half day
  • Closing date : 24/05/2021
  • Interview date : 04/06/2021

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is seeking a Patient Representative – Advisor to join the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health as a key member of the project team and Expert Reference Group (ERG), for the development of the Physician Associates Competence Framework as a Worker. The successful applicant will have experience of receiving care delivered by Physician Associates.

Physician Associates in Mental Health play an increasingly important role within the multi-disciplinary team. Physician Associates have had a role in the UK since around 2008; they are now considered key to being able to allow consultants and Specialty doctors work to the top of their licence. The RCPsych has been promoting the role of Physician Associates in Mental Health for the last year – the development of a competency framework is part of that work with a view to increasing the numbers of Physician Associates who choose to enter mental health.

The Patient Representative – Advisor will become an integral member of both the ERG and the project team, using their experience and insight to advise and guide the project team on the competences required by Physician Associates/services to ensure the best care and support for those using services as well as the Physician Associates who will be delivering their care.

The Patient Representative – Advisor is expected to work closely with the internal project team. Responsibilities include co-chairing ERG meetings, collaborating with the ERG and developing draft documents with the team to complete the aims of the project.

This is an excellent opportunity for a patient representative to take on a key role in development of this framework, to contribute their perspectives on important mental health issues, influence change and be part of our ongoing strategy and communications development.

The College values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves.

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How to apply

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please download the following documents:

We welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Closing date: Monday 24 May 2021 at 10am

Interview dates: Friday 4 June 2021 - by Microsoft Teams

The College is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Charity registration no. 228636

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